In Va., Ex-Rep. Goode May Pose Risk for Romney

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) -- Former Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode won't be the next president of the United States, but that doesn't stop him from campaigning for it.

Goode, who represented Virginia in Congress as a Democrat, an independent and as a Republican before losing his seat in 2008, is the Constitution Party presidential nominee. He is running to the right of the GOP and is on the ballot in Virginia and 28 other states.

Republicans fear that will hurt Republican Mitt Romney's chances of carrying Virginia and, with it, the presidency.

A familiar figure in rural central Virginia, Goode could draw tens of thousands of votes. Should they come from conservatives, he could be the difference in a close race and hand Virginia's 13 electoral votes to Democrat Barack Obama for a second time.


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